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KENDALL, George Wilkins, journalist, born in Atnherst (now Mount Vernon), New Hampshire, 22 August, 1809; died in Oak Spring, near Bowie, Texas, 22 October, 1867. He learned the printer's trade at Burlington, Vermont, and then worked as a journeyman in the middle, southern, and western states. He went to New Orleans in 1835, and on 27 January, 1837, established there, with Francis A. Lumsden, the " Picayune, 'the first cheap daily paper in that city. This journal became under his direction one of the most influential in the south. In 1841, partly from love of adventure and partly for his health, he joined in the Santa Fe trading expedition, was taken prisoner, and carried to the city of Mexico, but was released after seven months of captivity. During the war with that country he accompanied the United States forces under General Taylor and General Scott, and by means of pony expresses and steamers supplied his paper with the latest news, sometimes giving information to the government in advance of the official despatches. On one occasion he chartered a steamer for this purpose at a cost of $5,000. After travelling two years in Europe, where he superintended the publication of his work on the war, he purchased, in 1852, a large grazing farm in Comal county, Texas There he spent the rest of his life, and amassed a fortune, often raising $50,000 worth of wool in a single year. He retained his interest in the "Picayune," and occasionally contributed editorials to its columns. In private life Mr. Kendall was genial and companionable. On his tombstone are the words "Poet, journalist, author, farmer--eminent in all; clear head, stout heart, a man of many friends, best beloved by those who knew him best." He published "Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition," which was highly commended, and had a large sale (2 vols., New York, 1844; London, 1845; new ed., enlarged, New York, 1856); and " The War between the United States and Mexico" (folio, with 12 colored plates by Carl Nebel. New York, 1851).
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